Third suspect arrested in off-duty Monterey Park officer’s murder


Officers arrested a third suspect in this week’s fatal shooting of an off-duty Monterey Park police officer in Downey, police confirmed Friday night.

According to the Downey Police Department, 18-year-old Gerardo Magellan of San Pedro was taken into custody in connection with the murder of Officer Guardial Solorio.

Magellan was booked into Downey Prison at 3:14 a.m. Friday, records show. He is being held on $20 million bail.

Prison records show his initial court appearance has been scheduled for Tuesday morning at Downey Municipal Court. Information on what charges could be filed against Magellan was not available Friday night.

An officer consoles the family of Monterey Park Police Officer Guardial Solorio during a news conference at the Hall of Justice Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles.

(Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County District. Atti. George Gascon announced First two suspects arrested – Carlos Delcid, 20, and an unnamed 17-year-old – during Wednesday’s news conference.

Delcid was arrested by Downey police on Tuesday evening and jailed on Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutors said he was charged with murder and a special circumstance that the murder was committed in the course of a robbery, attempted robbery and attempted possession of a firearm by a criminal.

Court records show that he was on formal probation for theft and domestic violence.

Gascon said Monday’s murder of a rookie police officer appeared to be an attempted robbery, during which the suspect got out of his car and clashed with 26-year-old Solorio in the Downey parking lot.

“Officer Solorio attempted to escape by supporting his vehicle, and the suspect fired multiple shots,” Gascon said. “The gunman then jumped back into the getaway car driven by a teenager and fled the scene.”

The district attorney’s office said in a news release that the suspect allegedly shot Solorio about five times.

Given the specifics of the crime, prosecutors decided that special circumstances for Delseid should be charged with murder.

“We will seek life without the possibility of parole,” Gascon said.

Under California law, prosecutors can seek the death penalty in murder cases under special circumstances. Gascon opposes the death penalty but has rarely sought life without parole in murder cases.


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